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After just 12 months in the job, the head of Cisco for Australia and New Zealand, Richard Kitts, has been promoted to an Asian role and Ken Boal, previously the head of Enterprise and Public Sector Business for Cisco ANZ, has taken his place.

Kitts has been made leader of services for the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) region and will report to Nick Earle, senior vice president of services worldwide field operations. Boal will report to Jaime Vallés, president of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.

Boal joined Cisco in 2004 and led the company's engagement in the public sector with Australia's federal, state and territory governments, defence, education and healthcare. His role recently expanded to also include the enterprise customer segment. He was responsible for identifying and leading growth and development in the enterprise and public sectors as well as managing the sales force that drive Cisco business in these areas.

Kitts joined Cisco in March 2012 after a 10 year career with Nokia Siemens Networks. Unlike Boal, Kitts reported to the vice president for Asia Pacific, Les Williamson, his predecessor as head of ANZ who had been taken on the Asian VP role in June 2011.

At the time this was a newly created region for Cisco that embraced Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam and Australia and New Zealand.

Of his new role, Kitts said: "Cisco Services is the growth engine that will be instrumental in achieving our goal of becoming the number on IT company in the world. ... I hope to bring my recent experiences in ANZ along with my broader learnings globally to serve our Asia Pacific customers and partners."

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Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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